Originally Posted by adam146ti
1. What is the little black button above the key-hole on my ignition barrel for?
That's so you can park with your lights on. Normally the lights go off with the key. If you want to keep them on, press that button in as you turn the ignition off. Require 10" long double jointed fingers.
2. I hear disconnecting the battery for any reason requires a code entering to use the car again... I have no code (or any paperwork at all for that matter!).
Shouldn't do. My old 145QV battery used to go flat regularly due to a dicky car kit and I never needed a code (Master key).
3. I have 2 red keys and a maroon plastic key, is the maroon one a master key or something? If so why is it needed?
This is the code key in case you need a code from your battery going flat.
Keep it VERY safe! If anything goes wrong with the ECU and/or electronic immobiliser a dealer will need the master key to reset everything. Don't use this key for normal goings on.
4. I have ultrasonic sensors near to my interior li
ght, how do I activate my alarm? Does it set when the car locks? There is a red light on the steering column that looks like an alarm light but it never flashes.
The alarm should come on when you remote lock the doors and the LED should flash on the steering column. It won't come on if you use the key to lock the doors.
5. When pressing the boot release button it makes quite a loud popping noise, is this normal?
Yes. Assuming the boot is opening at the same time.
6. My odometer (little digital display in the speedo) doesn't light up with my speedo lights, is this normal? If not, any idea how to fix it?
Sounds like a bulb has gone. It should light up.
7. What oil weight should I use? The car has done 86,000 miles
10/40 Semi Synthetic API SJ. Alfa recommend Selenia 20k, but any decent brand will do the job.
You also need to change the cambelt if it hasn't been done!!!!!
Sorry for all the questions but I didnt get an owners manual with the car and have never owned an Alfa before.
No problem. Good luck with the car. They are great fun!
There's some useful (156 but same engine) information here:
and a good supplier of bits here:
And a manual here: